How to style a vintage-inspired Halloween wedding

I’ve never been a fan of fancy dress weddings. There’s something about getting married in witches hats or covered in fake blood that feels like it undermines the whole process. So when the wonderful Nicola of Mathilda Rose Bridal Boutique in Sussex got in touch to tell us about their elegant Halloween window display, I loved her ideas and wanted to delve deeper into how to have a classy Halloween wedding.

Just because October 31st is your chosen wedding date, doesn’t mean you can’t still have a classy celebration, with spooky touches. Nicola from Mathilda Rose Bridal Boutique has kindly taken on the task of giving you some fabulous Halloween wedding ideas, based on their own shop window display – so if you’re on your year countdown, this one is for you!

All images styled by Mathilda Rose Bridal Boutique, Cake Maison (Cake), Flowerbug Designs (Flowers) and photos © 2012 Danni Beach Photography. Dresses in this post by Johanna Hehir and Elizabeth Stuart

How to style a Halloween wedding – the vintage way

Think of a Halloween-themed wedding and scary images of witches hats and bridesmaids dressed as orange pumpkins or plastic spiders spring to mind! Not here at Mathilda Rose: we have put together our perfectly romantic and glamorous top six ideas for your October wedding. Our inspiration is the 1931 Dracula’s Bride Movie with a touch of Miss Haversham from the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations, all with a glamorous red carpet feel.

Colour palette 

We suggest an ivory, black and red colour palette to create this glamorous romantic feeling. Stick to deep and dark colours that create those spooky associations but still denote vintage opulence.

The dress

Romantic French Chantilly lace subtly hints at the delicate beauty of a freshly spun spider’s web on a crisp Autumn morning. We suggest ‘Verity’ a sophisticated chic ivory dress designed by Johanna Hehir. Alternatively for a more dramatic look we love Elizabeth Stuart‘s ‘Delphine'; a glamorous ivory silk strapless fitted dress with a striking pleated skirt.

Accessories

We suggest adding a delicate black silk ribbon tied in a bow with a generous silk ivory flower to ‘Verity’ and an original vintage marqusite necklace from 1940 to finish the look. For ‘Delphine’ a soft grey pleated sash with black tie to create sophisticated drama with a stunning glass crystal and pearl encrusted bib necklace from the vintage inspired jewellery company Lovett & Co.

The Ambiance & Flowers

The ambiance should be elegant, sophisticated and glamorous with just a hint of ‘spookiness’. The Halloween theme should be no more than a feeling. Candles are so important from tiny tea lights to striking high gloss black candelabra’s suspended from the ceiling. Try a black mirror urn styled with velvety red grand prix roses, seasonal deep red tinged hydrangeas, deep burgundy foliage and trailing red amaranthus to complete the look.

The Wedding Cake

The Wedding Breakfast at an October wedding is full of Halloween-inspired potential! Halloween marks the change of seasons; end of Summer and preparation for winter, it celebrates Autumn and its varied harvest of fruits and grains.  Designing a wedding cake using Halloween as a theme is hugely exciting.  Inspired by Elizabeth Stuart’s beautiful ‘Delphine’ gown and the velvety red used in the floral arrangements, we designed a cake that is a base of unadorned ivory, dressed it with vertical folded pleating and draped a dove-grey peplum around the cake.  A black sugar belt pulls together the Halloween colours and works perfectly with the lovely ‘Delphine’.  We added a magical blood-red fantasy flower which tied in with the beautiful flowers.

Photography

To create and capture that stunning atmospheric feel, night time photography using ambient light, gives the most beautiful effects with dramatic results.  The use of candles adds to the feeling while incorporating romance and luxury. This time of year, with the nights drawing in, there is no more effective way to elegantly capture the indulgent glamour of your day than with some beautiful night shots.

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